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John Joseph Mandela

May 17, 1941 — January 3, 2023

John Joseph Mandela


John Joseph Mandela, 81 of Rahway, NJ passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. John was born in Elizabeth, NJ and lived in Rahway for over 50 years.

He was a talented mechanic and maintenance technician, who worked professionally on automobiles, photo finishing, and manufacturing equipment. He most recently worked for Des-L Industries in Irvington, NJ. John was a member and three time Worshipful Master of Cornerstone-Tyrian Masonic Lodge #229 which merged into Lafayette Masonic Lodge #27 in Rahway. John enjoyed spending time working around the house, yard, on automobiles, and was a classic car and muscle car enthusiast. He was particularly proud of his Ford Mustang GT convertible. John loved sharing meals, coffee, dessert, and conversation with his family and friends.

John was predeceased by his mother Helen Mandela.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Carol Mandela, children Eric J. Mandela, and Christen E. Mandela of Rahway. Sons John S. Mandela and wife Monica of Linden, NJ, and Joseph A. Mandela of Jefferson City, TN. He is also survived by grandchildren Melissa, Jessica and Jenna, and great grandchildren, Emmanuel, Antonio, and Celine.


There is a memorial mass scheduled for Saturday, January 14th at 10am at 

St. John the Apostle Church 
1805 Penbrook Terrace 
Linden, NJ 07036


Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial repast luncheon and celebration of John’s life independent of whether they attend the mass.

The repast will be held on Saturday, January 14th at 11:30am at

Bistro 1051

1051 Raritan Road

Clark, NJ, 07066


If you plan to attend the repast, please RSVP by January 11th at this evite link so we can give the restaurant an accurate count.

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Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, January 14, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church

1805 Penbrook Terrace, Linden, NJ 07036

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